Thursday, August 3, 2017

Vintage "button" tin


Do you ever look through the tins at estate sales?  Especially when they seem out of place, like this random toffee and chocolates tin that was left in the "craft/sewing" area of the sale.  Instinctively, I knew what was in it.   I slightly shook the box and could hear the familiar sound of buttons rattling around.   My mom kept all of her loose buttons in a similar tin.  I remember I would go through her button tin while she was at her sewing machine.  I would try to find matches and lay them out.   Occasionally she would ask me to find a blue button, or a red one, something about "this big" she gestured with her fingers.  Did she really need it?  I don't know, but I loved being a part of whatever it was she was making so I happily dug through old the buttons hoping to find the "one."   


These old tins are really little treasure boxes.  I have found old coins and jewelry among the buttons.  I've also found dead bugs.  Ewww, I know.   There were times when I would dump moms button tin on to the carpeted floor and then scoop them back in again.  I'm sure I picked up more then buttons when I did that.  I imagine this is how most of the "yuck" I've found in these old tins gets in there.  



These vintage "button" tins are probably a thing of the past.  I don't hear of many modern day users.  I have mine, but I also have buttons in mason jars and other containers.  I'm very happy to find these at sales and such.  They are a treasure to me!  What about you?  Where do keep your buttons?  

I'm sharing my button tin with Share Your Cup Thursday, and with Shabbilicious Friday

10 comments:

  1. I love your button tin. I too have a big tin of button and loads of little glass jars filled with buttons. I guess you could say I like buttons :-)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I like buttons too - white ones especially.

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  2. Oh yes dear I am always looking for button tins

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    1. Me too! And old jars filled with buttons too. Treasures!

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  3. Boy does this ever take me down memory lane! My mom kept her buttons in a tin as well. Like you, I head to the cabinets or sewing area at estate sales in hopes to score an old tin full of buttons. I keep mine in a jar, but like you; my grand children love playing with them. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog! I look forward to attending more of your blog parties. I've been following you for a long time - on insta too!

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  4. What a treasure to find Jocelyn. I would have been pretty happy too with that tin of buttons. Thanks for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday. I'm delighted to be featuring you at tomorrow's party.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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    1. I am so honored that you would feature me! Thank you! I look forward to sharing more with Shabbilicious Friday.

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  5. Hi Jocelyn, I'm Anne from Birdsong Bits and Pieces (https://birdsongbitsandpieces.blogspot.com), and I found you through the Shabbilicious Friday blog hop. I love button tins, too! I keep mine in a mason jar. I once found a box full of old spools, and I was in heaven! I still haven't done anything with them, mind you, but I love them!!! Anyway, it's nice to "meet" you, and I hop you can stop by my blog at some point to say hello. Have a great day!

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